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'''Jeremy Bentham''' (; – 6 June 1832) was a British philosopher, jurist, and social reformer. He is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism. Bentham became a leading theorist in Anglo-American philosophy of law, and a political radical whose ideas influenced the development of welfarism. He advocated individual freedom|individual and economic freedom, the separation of church and state, freedom of expression, equal rights for women, the right to divorce, and the decriminalising of homosexual acts.Bentham, Jeremy. [http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/eresources/exhibitions/sw25/bentham/index.html "Offences Against One's Self"], first published in ''Journal of Homosexuality'', v.3:4(1978), p. 389–405; continued in v.4:1(1978). * Also see Boralevi, Lea Campos. ''Bentham and the Oppressed''. Walter de Gruyter, 1984, p. 37. He called for the abolitionism|abolition of...
Region| era = 18th century philosophy
19th century philosophy
Birth date{{birth date|df=yes|1748|02|15}}
Birth placeLondon, England
Death date{{Death date and age|df=yes|1832|06|06|1748|02|15}}
Death placeLondon, England
School traditionUtilitarianism, legal positivism, liberalism
Main interestsPolitical philosophy, philosophy of law, ethics, economics
InfluencesProtagoras{{·}} Epicurus{{·}} John Locke{{·}} David Hume{{·}} Baron de Montesquieu|Montesquieu{{·}} Claude Adrien Helvétius|Helvétius{{·}} Thomas Hobbes|Hobbes{{·}} Cesare Beccaria|Beccaria{{·}}Adam Smith
InfluencedJohn Stuart Mill{{·}} Henry Sidgwick{{·}} Michel Foucault{{·}} Peter Singer{{·}} John Austin (legal philosophy)|John Austin{{·}} Robert Owen{{·}} David Pearce (philosopher)|David Pearce {{·}} H. L. A. Hart {{·}} Iain King {{·}} Francis Y. Edgeworth
Notable ideasGreatest happiness principle
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